A Teoria Crítica entre Marx e Honneth

Translated title of the contribution: Critical theory between Marx and Honneth

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In this paper, I consider the main Marxist objections to Honneth’s model of
critical social theory, and Honneth’s key objections to Marx-inspired models. I then
seek to outline a rapprochement between the two positions, by showing how Honneth’s normative concept of recognition is not antithetical to functionalist arguments, but in fact contains a social-theoretical dimension, the idea that social reproduction and social evolution revolve around struggles around the interpretation of core societal norms. By highlighting the social theoretical side of recognition, one can outline a model of critical social theory that in fact corresponds to the descriptive and normative features outlined by Marx himself. However, the price of this rapprochement for Honnethian critical theory is a greater emphasis on the division of labour as the central mechanism of social reproduction.
Translated title of the contributionCritical theory between Marx and Honneth
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)630-653
Number of pages24
JournalCivitas. Revista de Ciencias Sociais
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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  • Marx
  • Honneth
  • critical theory
  • recognition
  • functionalism
  • social labour
  • division of labour


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